Brophy College Chapel

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Brophy College Chapel
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Brophy College Chapel is located in Arizona
Brophy College Chapel
Brophy College Chapel is located in the United States
Brophy College Chapel
Location4701 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, Arizona
Coordinates33°30′18″N 112°4′19″W / 33.50500°N 112.07194°W / 33.50500; -112.07194Coordinates: 33°30′18″N 112°4′19″W / 33.50500°N 112.07194°W / 33.50500; -112.07194
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectLescher & Mahoney; E. J. Wasielewski
Architectural styleMission/Spanish Revival
MPSReligious Architecture in Phoenix MPS
NRHP reference #93000747[1]
Added to NRHPAugust 10, 1993

Brophy College Chapel is a chapel at Brophy College Preparatory, a high school Phoenix, Arizona. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.

History and architecture[edit]

The building was constructed in 1928 along with the original school as a donation from Mrs. William Henry Brophy in memory of her late husband.[2] The Mission/Spanish Colonial Revival building was built from brick with stucco facing, along with clay tile for the roof. The chapel is a two and a half tall square building measuring 100x100 feet. Pilasters divide the building into vertical bays. It was designed by Lescher & Mahoney, architects who designed several other NRHP-listed buildings in Phoenix.

Situated along Phoenix's Central Avenue in mid-town, the bell tower of the chapel, which is 135 feet (41 m) tall and topped with a dome and cross, is the focal point of the campus and serves as Brophy's logo.

Interior architecture[edit]

The building's altar is pink tufa, quarried near Wickenburg, designed in a Mexican baroque style.[2] A painting of the Holy Family by an unknown Italian artist of the 15th century is framed above. Inside the sacristy, a 1670 crucifix from the Monk's Cemetery at Evaux in France is hung.

Local blacksmiths built the heavily Spanish-inspired wrought iron chandeliers. Other metalwork includes the original Communion rail, moved after Vatican Council II to a side altar.[2]

The stained glass windows were executed in Dublin, Ireland, by the artists of An Tur Gloine. All except one in the choir loft had been ordered by 1934; a local artist was commissioned to create this remaining window in 1985.[2]

Parish use[edit]

In 1928, St. Francis was the second parish established in Phoenix. The Brophy chapel served the parish until 1959.[2]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b c d e
  • The NRHP nomination form (not available through NPS Focus)